Thursday, October 10, 2019

Holy October, Batman!

That was the sound of the Shofar ... the horn of a wild goat or ram used to announce the new moon on the first day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar (Tishrei), which was a little over a week ago.

The Shofar calls are as follows:

TEKIAH - Calls all to attention to search their heart, forsake their wrong thinking, and forgive ones self and others. It is the calling note to listen to the Divine within and to receive the wisdom of the day, removing lack and limitation in their beliefs

TERUAH- typifies the sorrow that comes to one when they realizes their destructive thinking patterns and calls them to begin to change their beliefs and break from the damage of fear and hate.

SHEVARIM - calls upon all to stand by the banner of the One Loving Mind.

TEKIAH GEDOLAH - the final appeal for sincere repentance of those limiting thoughts, sitting in atonement to the Divine within.

Happy 5780!  Happy New Year!  L'Shana Tovah!

I am God your Lord Who lifted you out of Egypt. Widen your mouth and I will fill it.    ~Psalm 81:10
During ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we take time to contemplate our life; take note of that which no longer serves us and remove it from our belief system. On Yom Kippur, we seal the deal with the Universe, intentionally, purposefully, and spiritually refresh our at-one-ment with Divine Intelligence. These are the High Holy Days for the Jewish people, when they are drenching themselves in, filling up with and falling forward into the beauty, wisdom and love of Divine Nature. It ends this Sunday with the celebration of the Fall Harvest – Sukkot.

There is also a fall harvest celebration this month by the Hindi's called Sharad Purnima. It is a day which brings together two major aspects in the lives of farmers - the prosperity promised by good harvests and the spiritual blessings from the Divine. It is also the month of the Holy Rosary to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, though there are a few more holidays this month, the possible holiest of them all this month is National M & M Day. Have a bag!
Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways.
When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is dispatched, the leaf falls.
The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walking is an acting of falling, a controlled falling, mind you, with a potential failure waiting to happen. Fortunately, this act is controlled through knowledge, learning, coordination, confidence, consciousness, and habit, and sometimes some assistance. Many people walk leaning backwards a bit in there pursuit to move forwards. Looks great if your doing Fosse-like choreography, but for most of us it is counter intuitive; we work harder, waste energy, lose momentum and generally get in their own way. It's not only bad for our posture and muscle issue, but it shows a negative confidence, self-worth condition - keeping ourselves just far away enough to never get there.
You learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway.      ~John C. Maxwell, FALLING FORWARD
Here's a couple of success examples of people who fall forward:  
While developing his vacuum, Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 yrs. The 5,127th prototype worked, and the Dyson brand became the best-selling bagless vacuum in the U.S. Now worth an estimated $4.5 billion.
Stephen King grew so frustrated over his attempt to write first novel, he threw away the entire early draft. Talk about falling back. King's wife, Tabitha,  found the manuscript in the trash and took it out. "Carrie" became a hit and launched his career. His novels have since sold over 350 million copies. Only novelist of his genre to earn The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. 

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.  ~Anthony Robbins
Tony likes to tell these two falling forward stories:
64 year old man in a funny white suit, string tie, and goofy goatee drove around the country for two years trying to sell his recipe. He promised increased sales and only wanted a percentage of the increased sales. In two years he heard 1009 “no's”. 1009! Sounds like my acting career. But five years later, there were 400 franchises using his recipe and four years after that, he sold the company, in today’s' dollars, $15M. That, though I am sure you already guessed it, was Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fame.
This man: age 21, failed in business 22, defeated in a run for the legislature age 24, failed again in business
...26, experienced the death of his sweetheart age 27, had a nervous breakdown
...34, lost a race for Congress 36, lost another race for Congress
...45, lost a race for the Senate
...47, failed to become V. P. 49, lost another race for the Senate
...and at age 52, elected President of the U. S., changing the course of our country and putting into law that which the Constitution had guaranteed - respect for all. Were you ahead of me on this one? That is a brief synopsis of the story of Abraham Lincoln.

When you get to a place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright (not from education, Mom and Dad, your net worth, or how many Broadway shows or movies you've done) … not something you have to earn, anything is possible.  ~Brene Brown
Heed the call of the Shofar. I invite you to use this month to fall forward into the holy!

I Celebrate The New
I affirm this very moment that I Am in a sea of abundance. I rejoice to the sound of the Universe blasting Its horn announcing that everything in my life is now expanding through Divine Intelligence. I acknowledge that I am now revealing the ideas, consciousness, creativity and conviction that my abundance is alive and well.  Everyday, everywhere, and in every moment, my life gets better and better.
Life Is Holy And I AM Holy In It!

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